We’ve been hearing about this for a while, and now it’s official. Ford’s first EV to take on the competition from Chevrolet and Nissan will be fully electric, unlike the range-extended Volt. So what we’re looking at here is a normal Ford Focus that is electric, unlike other manufacturers who have outted cars that are specifically electric. Ford’s plan is to offer choices.
Charging the Focus can take 3-4 hours on 240V, which is about half that of the Leaf. Best Buy has partnered up to install the charging stations. We aren’t sure how much range the Focus will have but we were told that it is comparable to the Leaf. For those that only need to drive 100 miles at a time, the Focus Electric can provide well for that lifestyle.
The Focus Electric gets a special version of MyFord Touch tailored to being green, the same experience offered from the well-received Ford Fusion Hybrid.
Price and exact date hasn’t been announced yet, other than end of 2011. Price for the Focus Electric is going to be very competitive, especially since they were able to build on an existing platform. We’ll certainly get some driving time with this soon, so stay tuned.